Nakamura Castle (Azumi)
Nakamurajō is thought to have been the main castle of the Nakamura Clan, vassals of the Aida Clan. It was later controlled by the Shibutami and Endō clans. Nakamurajō likely acted as a fortified watch tower, perhaps used by the Nishina Clan, due to its position between Hikijō and Tōnoharajō. The Nakamura had a yakata (fortified manor hall) in Nakamura village below; see: Nakamuranotonoda Yakata.
Nakamurajō is a single bailey fort site. Ruins include remnants of dorui (earthen embankments) around the bailey, and horikiri (trenches) fore and aft along the ridge. A modern forestry road runs alongside the site, but also passes over the trenches at one point. This is unfortunate but it does have the effect of presenting the site’s features from a perspective like that of a bisected anatomical model. The main bailey is overgrown, and landslides have eaten into it on its northern face, but the forestry road makes this an easy site to walk to from the shrine (大己神社) below (the shrine is a potential kyokan site (residential area at the foot of the castle mount)). I encountered pheasants which tried to play hide and seek with me from each side of the track.
|English Name||Azumi Nakamura Castle|
|Year Founded||Medieval Era|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Nearest station is Akashina Station on the Shinonoi Line|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free; mountain|
|Time Required||30 minutes|
|Location||Azumino, Nagano Prefecture|
|Coordinates||36° 23' 8.88" N, 137° 55' 2.96" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
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